Partnership looking for vehicle offences

Vehicles going through Ponteland were among those to be checked as part of a roads operation.

The activity aimed to identify those who are driving unroadworthy vehicles, the people who are avoiding paying fuel duty on red diesel and unlicensed taxis and scrap metal dealers.

The four-week programme of action comes under a joint initiative between Northumbria Police, HM Revenue and Customs, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and Northumberland County Council.

During the operation in the East Tynedale policing sector, more than 60 vehicles were stopped and this resulted in a number of prohibition notices being served, including the DVSA issuing notices for defective tyres and lighting offences.

There was also one summons for a trailer offence and one taxi licensing offence.

Neighbourhood Inspector for the East Tynedale sector, Julie Cole said: “This important partnership operation targets those people who potentially use the roads to commit rural crime.”